On Mother’s Day weekend 2017, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology announced the birth of a new phase of Moms Helping Moms, a Mass General-led program in southern Uganda, Africa, aiming to improve conditions inside the maternity unit at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.
Started in Boston as a grassroots patient effort to support the work of Mass General physicians in Uganda, Moms Helping Moms has now been awarded a $100,000 grant from Bank of America, enabling the program to accelerate its work on quality assurance at Mbarara Hospital.
“Five years ago, many of my patients would come to me after giving birth, looking for a way to give back,” says Laura Riley, MD, director of labor and delivery at Mass General. “When I would tell them about the lack of even basic supplies like surgical blades and soap needed for a safe delivery in Uganda, this initiative took hold, with moms giving what they could to help stock shelves in Mbarara and sponsor physician education. Now, with Bank of America’s support, we can focus even further on strengthening clinical care and quality improvement projects, and touching more lives.”
Partnering with Moms Helping Moms
Money from the Bank of America grant will be used to train new staff in quality improvement, develop a safety system with guidelines, and expand data collection on obstetric outcomes in order to guide better patient care.
“We approach the complex issue of global health through both a humanitarian and economic lens – all tied to our broader strategy to help build thriving economies.”
“We approach the complex issue of global health through both a humanitarian and economic lens – all tied to our broader strategy to help build thriving economies,” says Kerry Sullivan, president of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. “By partnering with Moms Helping Moms, we’re honored to support a proven solution in creating a sustainable workforce of physicians who can meet the medical needs of Uganda’s women and families.”
Several Mass General physicians will help lead this next year-long phase of Moms Helping Moms in Uganda, including Dr. Riley; Lisa Bebell, MD, (Infectious Diseases); Adeline Boatin, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology) and Blair Wylie, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology). They will continue teaching faculty at Mbarara Hospital, simulate emergency events, and assess the efficacy of the quality improvement measures.
To learn more about the Moms Helping Moms program, please contact us.